Stock market artist fined R100k for giving Gupta the middle finger in masterful Oakbay trades. BRILLIANT!

EDINBURGH — James Gubb is a highly experienced stock market trader who has turned to fine art – painting and other ethereal techniques and materials. He has executed a truly masterful piece of protest art aimed at helping South Africans join the dots about the Zuma, Gupta and other families in the state capture web of deceit. In a series of trades of the Oakbay stock, he has produced a graph that literally gives the Gupta family the middle finger. The Financial Services Board (FSB) hasn’t appreciated Gubb’s combination of art and mathematical genius. Nor has it joined the dots. Instead, it has levied a hefty R100k fine on James Gubb. Others, meanwhile, who have genuinely benefited from insider trading and foreign currency plays go unpunished. – Jackie Cameron

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Stock market expert turned artist James Gubb has invented a new form of protest art. See how he combined his mathematical genius with his visual acuity to create a series of trades that give the Gupta family, and everyone else in bed with them or who have turned a blind eye to the graft and economic destruction, the middle finger. Some South Africans will undoubtedly think James Gubb deserves an award for creativity. But the JSE and Financial Services Board officials haven’t developed an appreciation for his unique artistic approach. Instead, they have slapped him with a hefty fine to punish him for his subversive activity.

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By James Gubb

I got fined R100 000 yesterday by the FSB for trading 22 shares at various prices on the now delisted Oakbay, the Gupta Family’s financial vehicle, at the end of March this year, around the days of protest around the country. This was recommended by the JSE after an interrogation on 18 May in Cape Town by the JSE. 

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They issued a press release today (see below).

I feel I have to respond.

I attach my statement made to the JSE. Focus on point 7.

What I have done is essentially a world first, ie used a financial information medium to create a recognisable image. Conceptual art, Protest Art, Indelible Graffiti, whatever you want to call it, I gave it a go to highlight the ongoing systematic rape of our country by the Gupta family. The fact that the image was that of a clenched fist with the middle finger extended might have offended some, but that was the point. We were asked by Pravin Gordhan to “by all means possible, stand fast in the face of brazen, blatant corruption” which I did in my own way. I literally joined the dots.

How James Gubb #JoinedTheDots: Oakbay trades
Oakbay trades
Sheer genius: How to give the Guptas the middle finger – in Oakbay trades.

I feel vindicated that Oakbay is now delisted. The JSE should be ashamed that they ever allowed it to be listed in the first place. The listing facilitated a massive transfer of wealth from the PIC to the Guptas. Where is the JSE regarding this massive fraud? Absolutely nowhere is my guess. But they happily fined me R100 000 for a trade worth no more than R400. No money was ever made on the trade, nor was there ever intention to do so. I was completely open with regard to my intention: to give the Guptas the proverbial finger. You decide if that was heavy handed or not. 

I’m hoping that what I have done emboldens the man in the street to protest in any way he or she can. We are literally at war with our current president and his cronies.

FSB Media Release: FSB fines James George Witheridge Gubb R100 000 for contravening the Financial Markets Act

The *Enforcement Committee of the Financial Services Board on 23 October 2017 imposed an administrative penalty of R100 000 (One hundred thousand rands) on Mr James George Witheridge Gubb (Mr Gubb) for contravening the prohibited trading practices provisions of the Financial Markets Act, No 19 of 2012 (the Act).

The Directorate of Market Abuse (DMA) had referred the case against Mr Gubb to the Enforcement Committee after investigations revealed that he had on 31 March 2017 contravened section 80(1)(a) of the FMA in that he traded with himself in Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited (Oakbay) shares which resulted in no change in the beneficial ownership of the shares. These transactions created a false and deceptive appearance of the trading activity of the Oakbay share and also created an artificial price for the Oakbay share.

The DMA would like to emphasise that Mr Gubb is unrelated to Oakbay.

The Enforcement Committee took several mitigating circumstances into account, including that Mr Gubb fully co-operated during the enforcement process. As aggravating factors the Enforcement committee took into account, amongst others, that Mr Gubb’s transactions created an artificial price for the Oakbay share and the transactions undermined the integrity of the South African Financial Market.

The order is available on the FSB website at

Note to Editors

  • The Enforcement Committee is an administrative body that has the authority to impose administrative penalties and cost orders, on offenders of FSB legislation.
How James Gubb used Oakbay share trades as protest art

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